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 Copperas Pond is a short mile hike from Rt. 86 with two trailheads on the east side of the road in between Lake Placid and Wilmington NY. Closer to Placid the trail is approx a mile and the Wilmington side trail head is . 5. Winch Pond and Owen Ponds also may be accessed less than a mile from Copperas. Copperas is a reasonably large pond with very good swimming, fishing and two campsites. One campsite has an Adirondack LeanTo and the other has several good
    tent sites. Copperas is a wonderful family hike and a great place to stop, relax and have some lunch. Says Christopher Santa

On nearby Ausable River - West Branch you discover a type III-IV+ sweep of whitewater; the Monument on Route 86 to High Falls segment is 3.

My son Anthony passed away tragically 9 months ago. Having grown up in the area he and his family hiked up many many times, and as he got older he and a wonderful friend would camp out in the wild and just stay in the LeanTo, and had wonderful times there. They would wash in the pond, even swim, when I went up with him I would say how can you go in that water with all the little tadpoles and fish eggs, ect.? His answer is Mom, that is the whole point. One time we were chatting and for some reason it came up about where we would want to be laid to rest. He said if anything ever happens to me, you can find me at Copperas pond. I hold this deeply in my heart. I am unable to walk, since being stricken by a very rare disease that attacks the central nervous system, and crippled me. I love this page, as just as if I went I at least was able to leave his footprint with this input. For this I would like to thank the builders of the website. It is beautiful and I know by boy is there. He would have just turned 32 in September, so I celebrate this by leaving this for you Bud, I miss you so much sometimes I feel I cry tears of blood. But knowing that you are near help heal this wound if even just a little. So this is to honor you ANTHONY FRANK GRASSO 9/26/80-01/29/2012. RIP my sweet son. - Angeline


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